Advanced Cold/Hot Process Soapmaking Class
Soapmaking 210 is an intense soapmaking class for intermediate and advanced soapmakers. The information presented in this class relates to both cold and hot process soapmaking. The main objective of this class is to teach students the information necessary to make a truly great bar of soap. Students learn the desirable soapmaking characteristics of different fatty acids and the fatty acid profiles of various natural oils. This class covers the chemistry of the saponification process, an explanation of how natural soap differs from commercial "soap," the different extraction methods used to produce oils, the likelihood of each oil to cause an allergic reaction, and a description of which factors affect the speed of trace and which factors affect the speed of saponification. Each student receives five small bars of soap: One each of coconut oil, palm oil, olive oil, castor oil, and either meadowfoam seed oil or rice bran oil, so the student will be able to understand and appreciate the qualities of each type of oil when used in soap. Attend in person or online. Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101 or 1 year of experience (at least 5 batches of soap).